DGCA extends suspension of int’l commercial flights till Nov 30

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New Delhi (NVI): The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights to and from India till November 30.

Earlier in September, the ban on international flights was extended till October 31 owing to unrelenting rise in the pandemic across the country.

However, this ban will not apply to international all-cargo and international scheduled flights approved by the DGCA.

The DGCA circular said, “On partial modification of circular dates June 26, 2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject ‘Travel and Visa restrictions related to Covid-19’ regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 23:59 hrs IST of November 30, 2020.”

International scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis, the circular added.

Furthermore, India has put in place air travel bubble arrangement with 18 countries. Under these, airlines from each of the countries are allowed to operate a specific number of flights to India every week. Similarly, Indian airlines have the right to operate to cities in these 18 countries.